Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), Boss Mustapha has describe the Permanent Secretary, Ecological Project Office (EPO), Dr. Habiba Lawal as someone who has had a resounding public service career, an administrator, mother, family matriarch, an educationist and a motivator who has also excelled in the discharge of her duties and brought her vast experience to bear in the Ecological Project Office

The SGF who was also the Chairman at the Retirement and Book Launch event of the Permanent Secretary titled “ Account of my Stewardship in the Management of Ecological Emergencies in Nigeria” held at the Sheraton Hotels,Abuja on Wednesday, 3rd August, 2022., said the occasion was “more significant as the exiting public officer has deem it fit to document her stewardship as a contribution to history and a guide to those coming behind”.

Boss Mustapha further said, “ In her capacity as the Permanent Secretary (Ecological Projects Office) , she worked with transparency, dedication, commitment and the drive that makes her an exemplary public officer”. He said, “the result of her leadership of EPO is documented in a publication issued from that office, another first in the history of EPO” , the SGF stated.

He urged the Public Service to reflect on the moments of retirements of most experienced, dedicated, diligent and resourceful officers to make the best use of them especially in their retirements.

Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan and Chief Host at the event in her remarks said, the out going Permanent Secretary was living an indelible mark in the life of the civil service, stating that Dr. Lawal was very resourceful throughout her career as she had also served in several committees set up by her office to improve the service .

Dr. Yemi- Esan disclosed that Dr. Lawal used her office to mitigate the devastating erosion challenges in two Civil Servant Estates in the FCT, Abuja.

In his remarks, , former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Mahmoud Yayale Ahmed said, Dr. Lawal has been dedicated, committed and focused on her career in the service and has left a foot print in the sands of time. He opined that she deserved a National award for having had a ‘clean career’ devoid of scandal.

The book reviewer, Emeka Odokporo informed that the author, Dr. Habiba Lawal in articulating her stewardship in EPO in the 278 page book, captured in eight chapters, chronicled some of the initiatives she introduced to reposition the office for optimal performance and service delivery such has expanding the departments beyond the technical arm of Soil Erosion and Flood Control, Pollution Control, Drought, Desertification and Coastal Management to include service departments such as : Special Duties, Procurement and the Press unit.

He said the Permanent Secretary also initiated the change in name from Ecological Fund Office (EFO) to Ecological Project Office (EPO) to better reflect the interventionist mandate to ecological challenges in the country., adding that she came, saw, identified the problems and attempted to solving them as depicted in the recently launched 574 page compendium on Ecological Projects in Nigeria by Mr. President.

Speaking earlier in his Welcome Address, the Director, Special Duties, EPO, Dr. Famous Eseduwo said, the occasion was an opportunity “to re- dedicate our commitment to the service of our fatherland for the greater good of all of us”. He said the Permanent Secretary will be greatly missed for her kind heartedness and sunny disposition to the service of humanity.

The occasion witnessed an array of dignitaries including: Members of the National Assembly, Deputy Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Ahmed Muhammad Ketso, Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, retired and serving Permanent Secretaries, Directors, CEOs of Agencies, Traditional Rulers, Stakeholders, the academia, friends, family and well wishers.

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